Oy, I was so stressed out for a couple of weeks! Weirdly, half of that time was during spring break, which is not when one should be stressed out. But I was visiting my family, which always causes me some anxiety (although it was a fine visit), plus I had a bunch of work to do over break.
But here's the weird thing: The way that my stress expressed itself was not only in insomnia (normal) and headaches (normal) but also in crazy-itchy skin (not normal at all). It's not unusual for me to have dry skin in the winter, but my legs, arms, and lower back have been so itchy, and I'm such a scratcher, that I've literally drawn blood repeatedly and now have open sores. My calves and elbows and lower back are covered in bumps and scabs. What the hell?
The good news is that my stress ended on Friday; the work got done, the major events are over, and I caught up on sleep. So life is fine again.
... except that it's going to take my skin a while to heal. I've been using serious lotion, but it occurred to me today that perhaps I should try cortizone cream or the like. I've also taken a Benadryl the last couple of nights, and will again tonight, to try to reduce the histamine reaction. And I'm trying to relax into the post-stress calm I'm feeling.
I haven't been that stressed out in I don't know how long, and realizing that length of time is one of the good outcomes of all of this itching. Now I just need to make sure that my current sense of calm continues.